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 Post subject: Melek Dragonstorm! (with videos)
AgePosted: 2013-May-30 3:40 am 
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Someone asked for a Melek deck using Dragonstorm, so here it is!

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The deck runs along with to because it can get a pretty big storm count, and Desire can put dragons directly into play. One of the issues with the deck is that there are plenty of times where you can't kill the entire table right away. helps with that.

Other times, you aren't going to be worried about making huge storm counts and instead you're just going to put dragons on the table and beat down. Fun times. The best dragons in the deck are and Niv-Mizzet. Those are often the ones I go for first.

I admit that the deck could do better with . But I just hate that card.

How does the deck do in action? Check it out: http://puremtgo.com/articles/conqueror- ... et-paragon

Comments or questions? Let me know!

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 Post subject: Re: Melek Dragonstorm! (with videos)
AgePosted: 2013-Jun-19 4:50 am 
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I have a Malek deck built, but I have yet to actually test it.

My first thought when I saw your decklist was that you should be running more spells. However, after watching your videos (which were awesome, btw), I see that the deck does pretty well.

Now I'm thinking of taking a second look at my deck and maybe adding the artifact/tez group in to help ramp, and maybe the dragon package for giggles.

Good job!

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AgePosted: 2013-Jun-20 4:21 am 
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Thanks! Honestly the deck would probably be better if it had less creatures and more spells, and became more of a storm variant. But I liked going the route. It's unexpected and still effective, and I had a lot of fun doing it. You just have to realize that even with a decent number of dragons you usually can't take out the entire table at once. But you can come really close!

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 Post subject: Re: Melek Dragonstorm! (with videos)
AgePosted: 2013-Jun-24 5:02 am 
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I took my version of the deck for a spin today... you're right, it's a blast to play and surprisingly powerful.

Some cards to ponder
- (Malfegor just got a little less scary for me)
- (Bounce some problem permanents - nice if you hit it in an Experiment for 12)
- and (shuffling something back and controlling your top card, respectively)
- (double Recursion; and with ad infinitum... I would suggest it if there was more flashback in the deck.)
- - having Melek tap for {6} seems... helpful. Sadly you must actually tap the creature to get mana.

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AgePosted: 2013-Jun-24 6:45 am 
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I ended up changing my Melek a little to be a little closer to your list. It ended up performing pretty well, until the last game. Because of the choices of the person piloting the deck, he for 31 cards, which stormed into a and for 16..... which decked him.

One card I'll probably be adding to combat this, and an alternate win condition is .

Overall, he person seemed to really enjoy the deck!

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AgePosted: 2013-Jun-24 7:49 pm 
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Rakdos, Lord of Riots (Demon Tribal)
Melek, Izzet Paragon (Dragonstorm) -> these must stay because of a house rule


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AgePosted: 2013-Jun-25 5:46 am 
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Awesome guys, glad it's doing well for you! It is really fun, that's for sure.

I'll be honest, I never really got close to decking myself when playing this deck. I did have in the deck to help get all my stuff back from my graveyard though, so hopefully that would help out.

My issue was not having enough dragons for the deck, and I'm pretty shocked I completely forgot about Keiga. She is really good. I think the lack of haste was an issue, but she shouldn't be overlooked.

is obviously great, I just couldn't find the room in my version. Plus, online I think it would just lead to a lot of concessions. It's definitely powerful though.

The other suggestions are great as well, and I had each of them (except for ) in the deck at one point. I just messed with it a lot and forgot to put stuff back in, but they're all good options.

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AgePosted: 2013-Jun-25 4:01 pm 
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Have you considered ? Basically, I've found it to be pretty tech in the ritual spam to reach Dragonstorm or a colossal Epic Experiment. Even with , you can pay RR to get RRRRR, and then spend that RRRRR on Increasing Vengeance's Flashback cost, to copy Seething Song another two times for a total of fifteen red mana.

With some of the others, it only gets more crazy!

Also, have you thought about ? You can use it to go pretty far for the purposes of enabling Dragonstorm (i.e. you get Mystical Tutor, Twincast, Seething Song on EOT, and then Mystical during your upkeep to get Epic Experiment/Dragonstorm, and then cut loose during your next main phase).

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AgePosted: 2013-Jun-26 3:30 pm 
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AgePosted: 2013-Jul-01 2:32 am 
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So, the version of this deck that I built had a pretty epic game this weekend.

Most of the game was based around stopping the Kaalia player from dominating, and the Bant player from getting too crazy. Then the epic turn happened...

Melek in play, upkeep off the top of the library, double , put on top, cast it off top, cast off the top for 20, hitting , , and . Cast all the other junk, then the Dragonstorm for 9, then psychic spiral. Used the Fork to copy the other Epic Experiment on the stack.

All in all, decked one player with the Spiral, Experimented for 20 three times, then took another turn to kill the other player with the dragons I stormed out.

Rawr!

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AgePosted: 2013-Jul-01 7:52 am 
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That's pretty sweet! Like that you got a kill with too. You should post your list, I'm interested to see it.

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AgePosted: 2013-Jul-01 10:23 am 
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Here is the list I'm running. It's pretty similar to yours. Some of the notable exceptions are because I don't have the cards....

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Creatures - Dragon











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Looks really good. definitely deserves to be in the list, I can't believe I forgot about that guy. is another one that seems like it's really good, since it can deal with almost anything.

How do you like so far? Primarily used for upping your mana?

I tried , and found that it was pretty expensive in my deck, so it didn't make the cut.

I like . Is that a purely defensive card? I would figure that Thundermaw would deal with most of the blockers.

No or ? Do you find that the top of your library gets full of stuff you can't cast with Melek out there?

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AgePosted: 2013-Jul-02 8:22 am 
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Yes, is awesome! Unfortunately, I don't have a to put in the deck.

is really good. With all of the artifacts that create 2+ mana, it helps you to accelerate. Plus, you can search for it with and . There are enough artifacts in the deck that it rarely sits idle.

is one of those conditional, multipurpose cards. You can use it defensively to stop an attack before it happens, you can use it to stop creature based combos, or you can use it offensively to tap everyone down before you attack. Redundancy can be good, never know what could happen to the Thundermaw.

I honestly couldn't find my Magus of the Future or Future Sight. There are times when you are stuck with something on the top you can't utilize, but there are enough cantrips and other cards that rearrange the top of your library that you can usually work around it. Top and Soothsaying really help here! If you play the Top correctly, you don't extend the game much at all. And in a deck like this, it's too good to pass up!

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I also don't play online. That makes it a lot easier to top/soothsaying during other people's turn without causing any delay.

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